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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 by Don Hahn, Walt Stanchfield

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121 Clarity

Most of our daily activities could not be classified as spectacular. As a matter of fact most of our movements are rather confined. It’s usually with a bit of self-consciousness that we flail our arms or act out some part of our dialog. Yet nothing is lost in our communication with others because they are “tuned in” to us auditorily. That is, they are in a listening mode. Sometimes someone will gesticulate with his hands while talking, which often pulls our attention away from the verbal attachment.

Drawing and animation are, in contrast, not auditory but visual. Therefore visual clarity is necessary. Oddly enough, verbalizing a pose or a gesture mentally before starting to draw will help to disengage any obstacles that might stand ...

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